By Van Littrell, HOA Board, Creek Operations Committee
This is first and foremost a story of two fine examples of young men who can be relied upon. Kyle and Trent Neathery of Boy Scouts of America (B.S.A.) Troop 719 approached the HOA board in 2018 with proposals for community service projects as part of their Eagle Scout requirements. Each had to plan, coordinate, fund raise and supervise his project.
Kyle’s project was to replace all benches along our beloved creek walk (except for the Collins Memorial bench on Whitehurst adjacent to the Town Creek monumental sign). While Trent’s project is to replace the Collins bench, erect new mileage markers along the creek path and to construct and erect 2 creek maps to replace maps that have disappeared. Each scout had to make a presentation to the HOA board as well as the B.S.A. board for approval prior to beginning any activities.
Not only did Kyle complete the project as designed, his team went above and beyond by clearing away brush and vegetation to improve the view of the creek at each bench location. Kyle made his final presentation to the Eagle Board of Review in December and the project was approved. Formal paper work was recently presented to the National B.S.A. Headquarters and his Eagle Scout designation was made official the third week of January. Congratulations, Kyle!
Trent’s projects are in process. He has additional fund raising to do but his team has completely rebuilt the Collins Memorial bench. As soon as fundraising is complete, and weather permits, his team will install the mileage markers and creek maps.
Not too shabby for two young men whom the HOA board has also relied upon in the past. Some of you may remember Kyle and Trent are the same boys who for several years hand delivered the monthly Town Crier newsletter to all 592 neighborhood houses!